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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Object Oriented Perl
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Damian Conway
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Surprisingly Disappointing

After reading so many positive reviews of Damian Conway's "Object Oriented (OO) Perl," I decided to buy a copy and increase my understanding of said subject. Unfortunately, after about two months of thoroughly dissecting each chapter in the book, I must admit that I was surprisingly disappointed.
I consider the first two chapters ("What you need to know first" and "What you need to know second") to be well written and quite useful. These chapters effectively and succinctly expressed the non-OO aspect of Perl programming. When I delved excitedly into chapter three, however, it seemed to me that Damian Conway lost his interest in teaching Perl, in lieu of underlining his own mastery of the language. Too many times I recall his overly complicated one-liners getting in the way of a clear explanation of the point he was trying to convey. I bought Damian Conway's OO Perl because I wanted to learn more about object orientation in Perl-not to view obfuscated code. A *lot* more clarity would have the made the book much more useful.
A second frustrating point about the book is how Damian writes a given class, and then fails to provide even a simple example of how to use said class. As a programmer reading the book, I found it quite annoying that I had to so often write my own "class calling" scripts. Of the many classes contained in the contents of the book, I recall only one or two working examples of how to use said classes! This baffled me throughout the book. I kept wondering, "Are examples of how to use these classes available on a website or something?" Even as I write this review now, I'm shaking my head at the lack of examples provided in the book.
In my opinion, the most appropriate title for Damian Conway's book is "Obfuscated Object Oriented Perl." The solid first two chapters aren't worth the ...cost of the book, and the OO chapters (3-14) are practically worthless-both as a reference, and as a means of instruction. The freely available OO Perl tutorials are of much more value than Damian's book. Said tutorials will not only save you money, but they will also bolster your understanding of OO Perl, which is something I so greatly wanted, but so widely failed to receive, from Damian Conway's OO Perl.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Defensive Design for the Web : How to improve error messages, help, forms, and other crisis points (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: 37signals, Matthew Linderman, Jason Fried
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Everyone who works with the web should read this book.

I've been planning a redesign of my website for several months now and during that time I've been trying to find out all the weak points and strengths of the current design. One part of my site that always felt "wrong" to me was our web forms. They felt cumbersome and lacked the polish the rest of the site had. The timing couldn't be better as 37signals released their new book "Defensive Design for the Web" just a week before my redesign was scheduled to begin. So before diving in to my project, I took a break and read 37signals book and I'm glad that I did.
37signals has been publishing tips like this for a while, so they know what their talking about. If you've kept up with their popular blog (Signal vs. Noise), you already know what your in for. 37signals has worked for some very high profile companies, like Microsoft, Meetup and Monster.com.
Who Should Read This Book?
This book isn't technical, nor is it boring quantitative data. This book covers 40 rules for developing better forms online and anyone involved in the process would do well to grab a copy of this book. There is plenty of advice for programmers, developers, graphic designers and copy writers alike. I find myself in all of these roles from time to time so I was especially glad to see they didn't leave any of my jobs out. The bottom line is, if you want better forms on your site then this is the book for you, regardless of what you do.
What You'll Find in This Book
Defensive Design for the Web is broken down by chapters dealing with the major flaws that commonly plague web forms. Each chapter is then divided into rules with plenty of examples of both good and bad form design. The authors don't waste our time, they jump right into the issues and offer up suggestions to solve the problems. They also sprinkle in comments from clients and real world comparisons to drive the issues home.
What I Liked About This Book
I've been looking for relevant books on usability and interface design since I got into web design. While there are several books on the general subjects, there just doesn't seem to be enough that target the web. Defensive Design for the Web takes common web problems and relates them to real world usability problems and in doing so showed me the flaws in my own designs and how to fix them. I'm big on examples and the authors gave me want I wanted. The book is based on examples, highlighting websites that most people are familiar with and showing us what they did wrong and what they did right. I was able to use the examples in the book and compare them to my own site. I could see the improvement immediately.
What I Didn't Like About This Book
While this book speaks to usability at its very core, the authors seemed to rely entirely on visual cues to enhance their web forms. Obviously the subject of usability and accessibility don't always go hand in hand. I just wish they had dropped a few more hints about usability as it relates to accessibility. Another thing, they make several references to using color for visual queues in your forms and the book lacks color. The examples were still very useful and I appreciate the money they saved me by not printing in color. Still, I think the examples would have been even better in color.
This book was worth the cover price just for the extras. Beyond the normal Table of Contents and easy to use Index, the end of this book includes a wonderful worksheet for measuring how well your forms stack up. It's simple and easy to use and I've added it to my checklist for all my sites.
Rating 5/5Defensive Design for the Web was one of my favorite reads this year. I'm only sorry there wasn't more of it. I'm hoping 37signals publishes a second volume and I'll be sure to add them to my must read list. I highly recommend this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Moving to VB .NET: Strategies, Concepts, and Code
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Daniel Appleman, Dan Appleman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
WOW !!!

WOW !!! is all i can say ! well done Dan Appleman on a fantastic, fresh and interesting book. who would have thought that a developer could have a sense of humor :)
As an experienced VB Developer myself, i found Dan's outlook incredible. Once again he does not simply rehash the documentation but actually shows you how to think ...
Eg. he starts off the section on MultiThreading by showing you how not to do it and introduces you to some of the pitfalls of using this powerful new functionality. imagine trying to debug an error that only occurs one in 14 million executions ... hmmm

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Alison Balter's Mastering Microsoft Access 2000 Development
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Alison Balter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Excelente, devo dizer que comprei o livro quase por aquilo que aqui falavam mais devo dizer que tambem não estou nada desapontado. Embora em inglês o livro merece estar na minha prateleira. Se é iniciante ou ja tem alguns conhecimentos sobre access este livro é para si.